Kenny Park

Art things by me
For the past year my partner, Michael, has worked tirelessly on his book, The End of Absence. It’s about being a part of the last generation to know what it’s like before and after the advent of the internet. To read more about it click here. It’s a brilliant premise and on top of being an insightful piece of work it’s also full of humour. 
At the back of the book there’s a glossary full of terms related to this topic, one of which I’ve done an illustration to. Hope you enjoy the illo and that perhaps it helps to entice you to pick up the book this fall. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

For the past year my partner, Michael, has worked tirelessly on his book, The End of Absence. It’s about being a part of the last generation to know what it’s like before and after the advent of the internet. To read more about it click here. It’s a brilliant premise and on top of being an insightful piece of work it’s also full of humour. 

At the back of the book there’s a glossary full of terms related to this topic, one of which I’ve done an illustration to. Hope you enjoy the illo and that perhaps it helps to entice you to pick up the book this fall. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Freckles.
Sometimes that’s all the accessory you need.

Freckles.

Sometimes that’s all the accessory you need.

liger-inuzuka asked: Would you be so kind to tell us more of your Hermes/Hermes series? It passed by us and we mistook it for a comic, but find that the name is a luxury brand. Is it a personal project of yours? Thank you for your time.

Hi liger-inuzuka,

Yes, it is a personal project! It’s been a long running dream of mine to illustrate ads for big fashion houses and in doing these illustrations I was able to indulge in that fantasy.

The Hermes concept came from my childhood confusion of the Hermès brand for the Greek messenger god, Hermes - a connection I’m sure that everyone makes. But I was surprised when doing a little research that no one (as far as I can tell) has taken advantage of this obvious connection! Funny enough, this actually made me a little nervous that perhaps the connection was too obvious and not worth moving forward with, but wanting a personal project to work on, I decided to push aside my apprehensions and go ahead with the idea.

In the end I’m glad I went through with it as I’m quite happy with the way the series turned out. And in the process I realized that what may seem obvious to me, may not be obvious to others and that sometimes the simplest ideas are the richest to mine.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to write! I noticed in the comment feed that a few people were confused by the series so I’m happy for the chance to answer your question.

Kenny

The complete Hermes/Hermès series.

Can almost see the finish line…

Can almost see the finish line…

Peeps in the park

4th installment of the series. ONE more to go!

4th installment of the series. ONE more to go!

WIP: a detail of the 4th installment of the Hermes illos. Just one more to do after this one. Can almost see the finish line…

WIP: a detail of the 4th installment of the Hermes illos. Just one more to do after this one. Can almost see the finish line…

Here’s a little storyboard test I did for a local studio called House of Cool. The guidelines for the test were as follows: one character waits for something, a second character enters scene, something happens that causes one character to leave and the other to chase after them, ACTION/COMEDY antics, and then finally a resolution.

Before you hit ‘play’ be aware that this animatic hasn’t been edited so the timing between frames is uniformly 2 panels a second. So when watching please pretend it has the bestest timing.

K

The Man on the Train
This is an illustration I did for my friend, Dai’s, PhD thesis. A part of his thesis involved a study around how some gay men (particularly those of a minority status) negotiate being gay outside of mainstream gay culture. One story that really stood out to me as being quite unique and touching involved a middle-aged fellow who has never been intimate with another man, doesn’t necessarily identify as being gay, but spends his days knitting baby socks on park benches and on the train as a way to perform his ‘gayness’. As he still lives at home with an extremely conservative family this is essentially the only way he knows to express his sexuality.
Kojima, D. (2014). Migrant intimacies: Mobilities-in-difference and basue tactics in queer Asian diasporas. Anthropologica 56(1), pp.33-44.

The Man on the Train

This is an illustration I did for my friend, Dai’s, PhD thesis. A part of his thesis involved a study around how some gay men (particularly those of a minority status) negotiate being gay outside of mainstream gay culture. One story that really stood out to me as being quite unique and touching involved a middle-aged fellow who has never been intimate with another man, doesn’t necessarily identify as being gay, but spends his days knitting baby socks on park benches and on the train as a way to perform his ‘gayness’. As he still lives at home with an extremely conservative family this is essentially the only way he knows to express his sexuality.

Kojima, D. (2014). Migrant intimacies: Mobilities-in-difference and basue tactics in queer Asian diasporas. Anthropologica 56(1), pp.33-44.

Propaganda Posters

It’s been a busy month so unfortunately I don’t have anything new to post. But, these were done for my nephew and niece about half a year ago. I bought this really great book on Eastern European Propaganda Design called Iron Curtain Graphics and thought they would make a really great idea for some artwork in a kid’s room.

Hopefully they don’t instill too much of a sense of fear in the same way the real one’s have a habit of doing.

3rd installment of the Hermes/Hermès series. 2 more to go.

3rd installment of the Hermes/Hermès series. 2 more to go.